Battlefield History Tours

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On Tour - Greece and Crete Tour 15 April 2017


We are now in Platamon on the Aegean Coast. A great spot and a great hotel that we stay at each year, The Evilion Hotel.

Our first stop after leaving Kozani was at the bridge over the Aliakman Dam where we could see across to where the defensive position was laid out. 16 and 19 Brigades were there plus 4 Brigade of the NZ Division, the 5th Brigade was holding the Germans at the Olympus Pass.

We crossed the bridge and started up through the Servia Pass and through the positions that had held the Germans enabling units to gather at Thermopylae where they expected the last rearguard action to assist the time needed to reach and evacuate from the beaches.

Following our trip through the pass we arrived at Elosana where firstly the Field Ambulance had been sited and the area was a logistic base for those forward. But now it was where, just a few klms north of the town at the junction of the road through Servia Pass and that through Olympus Pass met that a further strong rearguard had been established.

Our route then took us through the Olympus Pass to Katerina on the coast and n the way we discussed the actions of the 5th NZ Brigade as it halted the German thrust through the Pass.

Lunch, long lunch as we deserved a break was at our favourite restaurant on the waterfront a few Klms from our hotel. We arrived at our hotel to be met with great gusto by the owner who is a great supporter of our tour and those who come so far to pay their respects to the men of the ANZAC Corps in Greece.

After dinner we headed up into the mountains where we were guests at a small village to again celebrate the Easter Saturday resurrection.



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